3 Healthy Spices for a Container Garden In Your Senior Home

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Spring is the best time to begin planting a garden that will reap rewards throughout the summer and into fall. Even if your senior community apartment is short on space, you can still enjoy a container garden.

Sage: A Smart Spice
“Sage” advice is considered wise. That’s where this brain-boosting spice gets its name. (Or perhaps it’s the other way around; we may never know.) Studies show sage can boost memory and learning capabilities in young and older people alike. Early research also shows that sage may stop the destruction of acetylcholine in the brains of people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

Sage tastes great in fall recipes like sweet potatoes or pumpkin soup, as well as year-round paired with rosemary in red or new potatoes.

Rosemary Raises Alertness
Rosemary, often paired with sage in recipes, is another brain-boosting spice. This one improves memory and alertness. It tastes great with potatoes, lamb and beef. As grilling season approaches, add rosemary to gourmet burgers to prevent the formation of cancer-causing compounds that occurs when beef is grilled.

Turmeric: The Wonder Spice
This pungent herb, often used in Indian curry dishes, is one of the healthiest spices you can find. Tumeric has been purported by herbalists and natural medicine practitioners to work as well as ibuprofen as an anti-inflammatory, as well as St. John’s Wort and prescription medications to treat depression, and can also reduce the growth of certain tumors. One caveat: turmeric can actually cause certain cancer tumors to grow faster, so check with a physician before adding this herb to your diet in large quantities or before taking supplements.

If you are looking to add this herb to your diet, try it in soups, stews, and in a garlic-citrus marinade on meat and poultry.

Benefits of a Container Garden
A container garden can be placed right outside your window or even on your kitchen counter in the sun, making it easy to get the spices you need for dinner without venturing outside. You can also dry or dehydrate the spices to use later.

The right spices can help reduce fats, salt and sugar in your diet and give your mouth a treat with fresh new flavors every evening.

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